How Were the Jewish Scriptures Canonized?

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How Were the Jewish Scriptures Canonized? “…the same standard that was used to determine the canonical status of the books of the Jewish Bible would have decidedly INVALIDATED the books of the Christian Scriptures.” (Christianity Unmasked)

How were the Jewish Scriptures canonized? How and why were the Christian Scriptures excluded from the Jewish canon? The Jewish Bible is a collection of books written over a span of approximately 1000 years. Many different societies consider this collection of books to be divinely inspired. The decision that various societies took to arrive at the conclusion that these books are divinely inspired is known as “canonization”.

Canonization need not be a formal process in which elected officials pass judgment on a given book. The process could be one in which the common-folk accept a book at the grass-roots level. The process of canonization could be a combination of a grass-roots acceptance together with…

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3 Responses to How Were the Jewish Scriptures Canonized?

  1. Alan says:

    In addition to a prophet being falsified for telling the people to worship a strange god, doesn’t he/she also have to encourage us to keep the mitzvot according to the instructions Moses passed down as well as not to permanently alter Moses’ instructions? Also I believe that every detail of every prediction the prophet makes must come to pass and if even one detail does not come to pass, the prophet is thereby falsified – this only applies to predicting that something good will happen, but not to predicting misfortunes.

    • Alan says:

      This means that even if a person is convinced that Jesus never encouraged people to worship him, he still fails the test of a true prophet because of predictions he made in the NT that did not come to pass and because he altered instructions received from Moses regarding the commandments.

  2. CP says:

    Yeshua never once encouraged people to worship him as Hashem. Others are certainly welcome to attempt to prove this, however it will be noticed all their proof is only their own interpretations, never explicit quotes from Yeshua saying as such.

    There are some who will claim Yeshua is a false prophet because his prophecies don’t match their preconceived ideas of fulfillment. For example the prophecy of the Temple; “not one stone left upon another”. Never mind the Temple Mount was stripped, plowed and paved over, but because an outer wall of the Mount still stands, the prophecy is considered false. Yet have these same people ever read what will happen in Zachariah 14? Do these same people consider Ezekiel a false prophet because the Temple he described hasn’t been built yet? There are plenty of fulfilled prophecies of Yeshua, however some have to do with end times, therefore, obviously haven’t been fulfilled yet. People are certainly welcome to try to disprove Yeshua’s prophecies, but it will be quickly noticed they fixate on any little tiny insignificant detail for support. Anyone can do this with anything in the Bible (as some have tried to do with the Exodus) – all this proves is they are grasping at straws for reasons to reject.

    Looking for reasons to reject Yeshua, people will say he altered the instructions received from Moses regarding the Commandments. Never mind traditions states Messiah will strengthen the Torah. Never mind there are 63 volumes of Talmud which essentially do what Yeshua did. Never mind the absurdity of trying to extract exact binding legal language from a document that was originally spoken in Aramaic, translated, edited and written in Greek by a Hellenized Culture then 1500 years later translated into English by a Western Culture. However to exhibit one of these reasons for rejection, let us consider a favorite example of people looking for reasons to reject; ‘divorce and remarriage’. Moses allowed divorce in Deuteronomy 24:1-4. What was in dispute was the valid reasons for divorce. Therefore the question put to Yeshua; ‘what were valid reasons for divorce’. Yeshua doesn’t just appeal to just one section of Moses, but all of Moses; Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 which precedes Deuteronomy 24:1-4 and states his view of Moses; that divorce was a concession for the weakness of humanity, but this is not Hashem’s best desire for humanity and those who can accept this view should accept it. Yeshua didn’t change Moses – he espoused a view based on all of Moses rather than the traditionally accepted norm based exclusively on Deuteronomy 24:1-4 Yeshua did exactly what Messiah was traditionally expected to do – strengthen Torah.

    Btw, the Jewish Cannon was closed after Malachi, the NT was written 600 years later, even if considered acceptable by Judaism, the best placing hoped for would be in the Apocrypha.

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